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Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy

Case Studies

Classroom Deliberative Polling®

Students participated in a deliberative poll to examine attitudes on capital punishment.

Public Smoking Arguments:  A Comparison Between Issue Forums, Blogs and Public Hearings

Researchers used a quantitative measuring tool named the Discourse Quality Instrument (DQI) to compare citizen communications on proposed smoking ordinances. 

Surveying Interdisciplinary Scholarship on Democracy

Students and a librarian tested a classification schema for democracy research proposed by faculty against publications from 1980 to 2005.

Mental Health Case Study

An ICDD research team developed a public discussion guide on mental health care framed by three approaches: 1)consumers come first, 2)public responsibility, and 3)treatment over criminalization.

Health Care Forums Case Study

ICDD engaged Kansans in eight health-care forums held between October 2008 and January 2009 in Abliene, El Dorado, and Manhattan.

A new course taught students the difference between being a “citizen” and a “civic leader” by discussing roles and responsibilities involved with both. 

Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan

Public stakeholders attended eight meetings held throughout the Missouri River Basin in which information was gathered regarding social, cultural, and economic values.

Land Use in Riley County

ICDD facilitators worked with the Riley County Planning Office to engage community members in developing a comprehensive land-use plan.